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The PJ Library Program in the Merrimack Valley

The PJ Library is a cutting-edge outreach program that provides high quality, age appropriate Jewish Books and Music free of charge to children in the Merrimack Valley, ages 6 months – 5 1/2 years. 



Jewish Family Programs

The MVJF is proud to offer a series of events for families with children ages 6 -12 throughout the year. These activities are open to all families interested in meeting, and having a good time with other Jewish families from across the Merrimack Valley. Programs have included an Evening Hay Ride with Campfire, Singing and Smores, and a Passover Seder Plate painting party. We had a very successful Family Film & Make Your Own Sundae event where over 40 people enjoyed "An American Tail" and rooted for Feivel to be reunited with his family! Recently we offered a Ventriloquist Event and a concert with Ellen Allard.

We are forming a planning group - please let us know if you can help out. Email: Michelle Soll

Our Connection to Israel

We believe that learning about Israel, enjoying Israeli Culture ~ Art, Music and Dance and connecting deeply to Israelis and their needs is vital aspect of the MVJF mission. Therefore, we offer a variety of programs throughout the year and during the summer at Camp Hadar that help to link Jewish life in the Merrimack Valley with our homeland in Israel. We have held solidarity gatherings and Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) Events, and we often bring in experts on various aspects of Israel's accomplishments, opportunities and challenges. We invite you to join us for our next program.

Israel Scholar-in-Residence Mark Lazar


"Sharing Hopes and Visions for Israel Across the Divide" presented by Guest Speaker, Jeremy Burton, Executive Director Jewish Community Relations Council

Women's Philanthropy Events


Each year the MVJF offers events that are of particular interest to Women. We present talented speakers and programs designed to give women the chance to visit with friends, meet people from throughout the Merrimack Valley and have fun together while learning something new. Past programs have included: Roz Garber, President Garber Travel; tips on how to "Clear the Clutter that's Getting you Down,"  the history of "Bat Mitzvah around the World" with Shula Reinharz Director of the Women's Study Research Center at Brandeis University; "How Many Jewish Mothers Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? ~ None, We are Changing the World! with professor Joyce Antler; "Making Trouble" an afternoon with a film, food and fun, Author Tova Mirvis and Divas and Dessert ~ A Tribute to Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler featuring Jazz Vocalist Lisa Yves! Watch for details of coming events.

Programs Funded by the Annual Campaign

Taglit-Birthright Israel  

This gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel is for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26.  Its goals are to diminish the growing division between Israel and Jewish communities around the world; to strengthen the sense of solidarity among world Jewry and to strengthen participants' personal Jewish identity and connection to the Jewish people. This free 10-day trip is provided by private philanthropists, the Government of Israel and North American Jewish Federations.


Hillel at UMASS Amherst

“Welcoming and Engagement Leadership Corps – WEL-COR” - A new program to develop and train a cadre of student interns to foster a welcoming and engaging environment in all aspects of Jewish student life. The goals are: to enlist and train student leaders to focus on newcomers; and set a new norm with veterans so they understand that a strong and vibrant Jewish community will be enhanced only if that community is continually open and enriched by new people and perspectives.


Milton Issenberg Jewish Free Loan Association

This program disburses monies to individuals and families in the Merrimack Valley who have fallen on hard times and need help with payment on debts and living expenses. It offers a bridge to Jewish families and individuals while maintaining their dignity and self-respect. The individuals agree to a payment plan so that over time, the loan is returned to the Federation and it can be used to help others.     


Jewish Community Programs

This fund supports programs that service or enrich the local Jewish and secular community. Examples of past initiatives include: the Lech Lecha Leadership Development initiative, Israel Independence Day celebration, the Global Day of Jewish Learning, Israel Scouts Concert at Camp Hadar, Yom Ha Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Cantata, Israeli Dance Master Teacher workshop, Synagogue President’s meetings and speakers and Soccer for Peace in Israel.

Young Jews

that Birthright has brought to Israel.

Find out about Birthright's impact.
  • Programs like Masa and Taglit-Birthright Israel help connect young adults to Federation, Jewish life and Israel.

  • Through Masa, Karen found an internship in Tel Aviv--then stayed in Israel for three years.

  • Masa helped Karen develop as a leader and as a Jew.